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Hill Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

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Latitude: 51.6568 / 51°39'24"N

Longitude: 0.2822 / 0°16'55"E

OS Eastings: 557961

OS Northings: 197800

OS Grid: TQ579978

Mapcode National: GBR WR.9TH

Mapcode Global: VHHMW.VM18

Entry Name: Hill Cottage

Listing Date: 17 June 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197322

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373730

Location: Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15

County: Essex

District: Brentwood

Civil Parish: Kelvedon Hatch

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Kelvedon Hatch St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


723-1/5/450 (North side)
17/06/92 Hill Cottage


House. c1400, early C17 and early C19. Timber-framed,
weatherboarded with peg-tiled roof. 2-celled. One storey and
attic 2 window range of C19 casements with glazing bars 4x3
panes. Door to E of centre with simple sunk panels, C20 simple
pillared porch with lean-to sloping roof. Principal stack, red
brick, to rear at E enclosed by a C19 brick lean-to also minor
C19 red brick stack on W gable end.
INTERIOR comprises the 2 bays of the open hall of a medieval
house, each 12 feet (3.6m) long by 18 feet (5.4m) wide
separated by a massive cambered tie-beam with lower fillet 10
inches (0.25m) deep with a crown post and 2 surviving curved
braces above. The crown post has a base shaped to a
semicircular form, flat face downwards and the shaft is square
sectioned with square fillets to each face. The braces rise
straight from these with no capital. The visible presence of a
considerable length of the collar purlin and also a section of
the original hall wall plate, with a very accurately cut step
stopped chamfer, implies that the truss has not simply been
reused from elsewhere but is still in situ even though the
arched braces to the tie-beam have been removed - however the
appropriate peg holes remain as evidence of their former
presence. Soot remains under later layers of varnish. A
horizontal joint in a stud at the W end of the N wall may be
part of a cross entry framing for a spere. In the early C17,
ceilings were inserted into the 2 bays and the roof was
reconstructed to a clasped side purlin form and the central
crown post truss filled in with timbers that appear to come
from the original house, thus creating 2 rooms in the ground
floor and 2 in the attic. Early C17 panelling with moulded
muntins and rails (splayed on their upper surfaces) has been
used to make 3 doors and a boarded area. Butterfly and H
hinges remain. The lateral fireplace, set to the back of the E
bay but within the house frame is probably C17 in origin but
the core is obscured by later C19 and C20 work. The house is
of particular interest as a fragment of a small hall house
that has presumably lost its storeyed ends but without any
exterior evidence of this transformation.

Listing NGR: TQ5796197800

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